Prospect Profile: Marlin Jackson

Marlin Jackson School: Michigan
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 198 40: 4.63 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 47/1/4 from his cornerback position. Started seven games at safety as a junior totaling 50/2/4.

Positives: Physically gifted secondary prospect with a good degree of upside potential. Sized well, technically sound, and an outstanding athlete. Fluid transitioning with opponents off the line, physical and bumps throughout routes. Excellent footwork in reverse, displays an explosive plant and break on the ball, with a quick burst of closing speed. Locates the pass in the air, boxes out opponents and battles to defend the throw. Tough defending the run. Displays skill in both press and zone coverage.

Negatives: Coming off an average senior season when he seemingly played back on his heels and continually got caught out of position. Did not display a sense of timing last season, looking hesitant and indecisive on the field. Has had prior off-the-field concerns that resulted in suspension.

Analysis: A one-time highly considered prospect many thought would be a top-ten pick, Jackson's underachieving play as a senior, as well as off-the-field issues previous to last season, have pushed him down draft boards. Possesses all the tools needed to be a big- time player at the next level but must get his game back on track, focusing on the task at hand for sixty minutes. A prospect who could end up starting as a rookie if he hits on all cylinders or be a career journeyman in the NFL.

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